'Building Bridges' Thumball
Look under your thumb and share!
The Building Bridges Thumball™ focuses on issues of trust. Discuss factors that contribute to the development of trust, and building trusting relationships in the process. Simply toss the ball and ask the recipient to share a reaction to whatever prompt lies under their thumb. Thumballs are soft-sided 6" stuffed balls. They look like a soccer ball but are soft and safe for indoor use.
Trust allows us to take risks, open up, and look for mutually beneficial solutions when conflicts occur. Trust gives us peace of mind when we need to rely on one another, and comfort to share our vulnerabilities. Like a bridge, trust also brings people together and deepens relationships. Then, with strong relationship, we enjoy emotional support, confidence, reduced stress, good health, and happiness. Building trust starts with communication - asking the right questions and taking the time to listen.
Expect to adapt your use of this tool to the needs and experience of your group.
Some may be able to give quick or pat answers to a prompt; others might want to take some time to discuss or brainstorm best practices; still others might benefit from delving into a conversation about how trust impacts relationships in order to discuss why it's important.
If a player finds a prompt particularly difficult, invite them to take a PASS, ASK A FRIEND, or request a DISCUSSION about why it matters.
- Discuss similarities or differences in replies.
- Have everyone respond to the same prompt.
- Discuss the long-term implications of various actions.
Book a 1 hour workshop
When you need to try out tools focusing on dialogue (Thumball, picture cards, dialogue cards, coaching carpet) with your team, do not hesitate to call and order a one hour workshop with Michael Meinhardt. He will guide you all through different methods and tools and involve everybode in weeks to come. Workshop price is DKK 2.500 plus travelling expences.
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